Michael Wharton has been a trial attorney for over 20 years. After graduating from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law in 1992, Mr. Wharton spent three years as an associate attorney at Walters Bender & Strohbehn, P.C. in Kansas City, Missouri. There he earned valuable experience as an injury attorney handling complex litigation such as dangerous product cases, railroad injuries, and class actions.
In 1996, he went to work for Couch Strausbaugh Pierce & King, Chartered, a group of trial attorneys in Overland Park, Kansas. He was elevated to partner and specialized in injury cases such as car accidents, slip and fall injuries, and insurance claims.
Over the years, he developed a philosophy for how to best help those injured by the negligence of others -- be aggressive. The insurance companies have claim representatives working hard for them, so it’s important that the injury attorney be equally aggressive. At Couch Pierce King & Wharton, he continues to diligently represent his clients to ensure that they are treated fairly when they are often at their most vulnerable.
Mr. Wharton is an experienced trial lawyer who fights to make sure that his client's rights are advanced at every step of the claim process. He understands that it is important to his clients that their medical bills are timely paid, their lost income reimbursed, and their futures protected. He also understands how an injury can change a client's everyday life, and how important it is that his clients are compensated for that change. He works hard to see that these goals are accomplished for every client in every case.
Mr. Wharton has been awarded a pre-eminent ("AV") rating by the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory and is a graduate of the Ross T. Roberts Inns of Court. He is a member of the Kansas and Missouri Bar Associations, and is admitted to practice before the state courts of Missouri and Kansas, as well as the United States District Courts of the Western District of Missouri, the District of Kansas, the Southern District of Texas, and U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit.
Hourly ($250-300/hour), contingent (25-45%)
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|KS||Authorized to practice law||1993||11/09/2015|
|MO||Good Standing, Active||1992||01/08/2013|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Barrister||Robert T. Roberts Inns of Court||1994|
|Constitutional Law||American Jurisprudence Award||1991|
|Law Review||University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law||1990|
|Graduate with distinction||University of Missouri at Kansas City||1989|
|Member||Couch Pierce King & Wharton||1996 - Present|
|Associate||Walters Bender & Strohbehn, PC||1992 - 1996|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Kansas Bar Association||Member||1993 - Present|
|Missouri State Bar Association||Member||1992 - Present|
|Phi Kappa Phi||Member||1989 - Present|
|Hudspeth v. Lake Quivira||$16,000,000 verdict|
|Schmeider v. Grand Rental Stattion||$1,500,000.00 settlement|
|Akis-Reed v. Macon||$300,000 policy limits|
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|University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law||N/A||Juris Doctor||1992|
|University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law||Communications||Bachelor of Arts||1989|